Skip to main content

Leaked benchmark shows off Intel’s entry-level Xe desktop gaming GPU

Intel’s discrete Xe desktop graphics card may be getting closer to launch. The Xe discrete GPU was recently spotted in a leaked Geekbench benchmark test, revealing key specifications behind the entry-level desktop card. Though unannounced by Intel, the fact that the discrete Xe GPU is undergoing testing suggests that it could soon debut, and a potential launch could happen at CES in January 2021.

According to the Geekbench database, the card was spotted with 128 compute units, 1,024 cores, 3GB of video RAM, and a clock speed of 1.4 GHz. The benchmark was spotted by Twitter user @TUM_APISAK, and the benchmark revealed that the card was paired with Intel’s 9th-Gen processor for testing. Specifically, it was used with an Intel Core i5-9600K silicon with 16GB of system memory.

Get your weekly teardown of the tech behind PC gaming
Check your inbox!

The card’s specifications from the Geekbench test matches what was spotted previously on the SiSoftware database, which listed Intel’s Gen12 desktop graphics with the same clock speed and the same number of compute units. They could debut as the DG2.

Intel DG1
Image used with permission by copyright holder

It’s unclear how the final card — with proper drivers and software support — will perform, but the leaked Geekbench score of 9,311 is below the 15,000-point performance of the Intel Iris Xe Max discrete laptop GPU in the same test. We would expect the desktop part to perform better than the laptop part when released, especially since the Iris Xe Max ships with just 96 execution units and 768 cores.

The new desktop part will likely not be based on the same Xe-LP architecture that the Iris Xe Max is based upon, since the LP design maxes out with 96 cores. Instead, this card could likely be an early version of either Intel’s upcoming Xe-HP or Xe-HPG architecture, according to a report on Wccftech. The Xe-HPG is likely to be designed for mainstream computing and high-end gaming, and it tops out with 512 execution units and comes with GDDR6 memory. The VRAM should make the GPU competitive against recent offerings from Nvidia and AMD, like the former’s GeForce RTX 3070. More premium GPUs from Nvidia, like the RTX 3080, utilize a faster GDDR6X memory standard.

It’s expected that the Intel Xe-HPG will be part of Intel’s second generation of discrete graphics card, known as the DG2. The Intel Xe-LP on Tiger Lake notebooks is part of the DG1 family. With just a few weeks to go until CES starts in early 2021, we won’t have much longer to wait to see if Intel will choose that venue to unveil its DG2 card. Given recent GPU launches from AMD and Nvidia, and Apple’s transition to its own M1 processors on the Mac, strong performance by the DG2 will allow Intel to stay competitive in the space.

Editors' Recommendations

Chuong Nguyen
Silicon Valley-based technology reporter and Giants baseball fan who splits his time between Northern California and Southern…
Asus’ new RTX 4090 shattered GPU overclocking records, and you’ll be able to buy it soon
Asus ROG Matrix RTX 4090 graphics card.

If you thought that the RTX 4090 was already the best we'll see in this generation, Asus is here to prove you wrong. Nearly a year after the initial launch of Nvidia's top graphics card, Asus is about to release the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 -- a one-of-a-kind GPU that already has a new world record under its belt.

ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 Graphics Card

Read more
Intel’s latest update improves gaming performance by up to 77%
The backs of the Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards.

Intel has just made a slew of exciting announcements regarding to its Arc Alchemist GPUs, which are some of the best graphics cards for a more budget-oriented build. Since the launch of its flagship GPU, the Arc A770,  Intel has been hard at work releasing frequent fixes to optimize the performance. Now, over 30 driver updates later, Intel is talking about the boost in games its GPUs have received. It's also ushering in a brand-new open-source tool.

Upon the launch of Intel's discrete graphics cards, it was clear that while Arc GPUs were solid in DirectX 12 games, they lagged behind in titles that use DirectX 11 and DirectX 9. Now, Intel claims that the latest Arc drivers bring major improvements in that regard. It showed its own benchmarks in various games to prove that things are different now, all based on testing with an Arc A750 GPU.

Read more
Intel’s forgotten Arc GPU might still have some life
Intel Arc A770 graphics card.

Intel's most stealthy GPU appeared in yet another round of leaked benchmarks. The Intel Arc A580 was tested in OpenCL on Geekbench, and its score pits it against AMD's RX 7600. But does that really mean that it'll be on par with one of AMD's best graphics cards in this generation?

Although most of us have heard of the Arc A770 and the Arc A750, and even the entry-level Arc A380, the Arc A580 remains a bit of a myth. Announced well over a year ago, the GPU has been spotted in benchmarks every so often, but Intel hasn't released it to the market just yet. It's hard to say what the reason is behind this delay, as the specs of the card have been known for a long time.

Read more